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Guest editorial

by

Vincent Guyonnet, Ph.D.

Positioning hard-boiled eggs
in the snacking market
It is not simply their size and shape that make eggs the ideal
snacking product.

H

ave you ever heard someone say, "I was too
busy at work today to stop for lunch," or
perhaps even said this to yourself?
In fact, a recent survey has shown that, among
millennials, 63% of respondents reported that they
were replacing meals with snacks. Snacking has
become one of the top global consumer trends, and
offers a fantastic opportunity for the egg sector.

Hard-boiled eggs the ideal snack?
From a nutritional standpoint, we know that eggs
are a great source of animal protein, containing 6-7
grams of high-quality protein. Of all foods, they
provide the best profile for essential amino acids, the

Positioning eggs in the snack segment offers consumers
convenience, as well as a product that is healthy and nutritious.
Vincent Guyonnet

small protein-building blocks that humans cannot
synthesize and so must find in their diets. 
Combined with 98% digestibility, eggs have the
highest biological value of any single food protein, a
testimony of how efficiently these egg proteins, after
absorption, are able to convert into body tissues. 
In addition, some studies have also shown that the
consumption of eggs is able to maintain satiety for longer
when compared with, for example, a bagel. A healthy food
that keeps you satisfied for longer is an ideal snack, indeed.

Maximizing returns
From a business standpoint, hard-boiled eggs are a
blessing for egg producers and marketers. 
In many countries, consumers have a strong preference for large or extra-large caliber shell eggs, often
leaving producers with inventories of medium or small
eggs, which can be difficult to sell at a reasonable profit.
The production of hard-boiled eggs allows them to
use these eggs and maximize their returns from all the
eggs produced by a flock, regardless of size.  Mediumsize eggs are the ideal candidate for snack foods.
The production of hard-boiled eggs has become
quite simple and standardized. Over the past 20 years,
manufacturers of egg processing equipment have automated the processes for boiling, cooling and peeling
eggs, and it is possible to produce up to 20,000 peeled,
hard-boiled eggs per hour without much extra labor,
thus minimizing production costs.  
You can also use a wide variety of eggs such as
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Egg Industry - October 2019
How layer vaccination can effectively control Salmonella
Rose Acre facility redesign emphasizes food safety
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